We found 4 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana POS near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Wesley O Ekeruo, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Ekeruo's clinical interests: kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ekeruo attended Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , male reproductive disorders

All Interests: Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Male Reproductive Disorders, Kidney Problems, Vasectomy, Vasectomy ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 365
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Rachna Bhala is a general OB/GYN in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, high risk pregnancy, and urinary tract infection (UTI). Dr. Bhala has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She attended R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Bhala's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Surgery, Menopause, Infertility, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Yana Finkelshteyen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 400 Mob3
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Yana Finkelshteyen's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelshteyen's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Finkelshteyen include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contact dermatitis, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkelshteyen is open to new patients. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tehmina Sami, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Tehmina Sami's specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), diabetes, and pap test. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sami takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Hoboken University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Sami attended Dow Medical College for medical school.

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What is Sexual Health?

Sexual health is a broad and loosely defined term that encompasses several extremely different areas of medicine. Sexual health not only includes physical health related to the act of sex, but also emotional, mental, or identity issues that can interfere with healthy sexuality. Because this scope is so broad, a huge number of health care professionals can accurately say they work in the sexual health specialty. Some of the many varied conditions included in sexual health include intimacy disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, LGBTQ issues, and sexual violence.

Sexual intimacy disorders are those that cause problems with the act of sexual intercourse, such as erectile dysfunction or vulvodynia. Erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or maintain an erection hard enough for sexual intercourse, is extremely common. It affects fully half of men over 40 to some degree. It is treated with medications, devices, or surgery. Vulvodynia, burning pain in the vulva that can be made worse with sexal activity, has no known cause. It is treated with oral or topical medications.

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are bacterial or viral infections that are contagious in the bodily fluids exchanged during sexual contact. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, help prevent the spread of STDs. HIV is a virus that can be caught from an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood. When the virus infects the body, it interferes with the immune system and causes the disease known as AIDS. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications can help people with AIDS live a long and healthy life. Herpes is also a virus found in sexual fluids, called HSV-2. It causes blisters that come and go on the genitals. There is no cure for herpes, but anti-virals can minimize outbreaks. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They are extremely common and often have no symptoms. The most common signs of an infection are burning pain and discharge. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be treated with medications.

Reproductive health refers to both contraception and infertility treatment. Contraceptives prevent and plan the timing of pregnancy. Some, such as a vasectomy or tubal ligation, are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Others, such as spermicides, are less reliable. Popular contraceptives include condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, and diaphragms. On the other side of reproductive health, infertility is the inability to carry a pregnancy to term after one year of trying. It can be due to problems in either the man or the woman, and both genders are affected equally. In total, about 15% of the population suffer from infertility. Infertility treatments include medications and surgery.

Gay and transgender people are as healthy as anyone else, but they have a few specific health care needs that may sometimes fall under the sexual health umbrella. First, many LGBT people still face discrimination from healthcare providers, so providing supportive and appropriate care is an issue. Because of social attitudes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, many gay and transgender people struggle with their identities. Rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicide are all higher in this group. Providing mental health support and counseling to those in transition is critical. Finally, transgender patients who are undergoing gender affirmation require sensitive medical health care, including surgical and hormonal treatment.

Sexual violence can be defined as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual activity. It ranges from sexual harassment to touching to rape. It affects women more than men and is widespread: 1 in 4 women report being victims of sexual violence at the hands of a partner, and as many as 1 in 3 girls report their first sexual contact as being violent. Sexual violence has lasting physical and emotional consequences for victims, but educating both girls and boys can prevent violence. Care for those who have endured sexual violence includes counseling and mental health support, medical care, and legal support.

Humans are sexual creatures from the time we reach puberty through the rest of our lives. Sexuality is more than a reproductive requirement -- it is a form of expression and identity. Sexual health blends all these aspects of our experience together and helps us lead sexually fulfilling lives.
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